Did you know that in 206 days it will be Christmas? That’s almost 30 weeks I hear you say. True, but think about how many cards you’ll want to send, and divide that by 30. That’s what you’ll need to make this week, and every week until Christmas. Of course the cards are actually sent ahead of time, which means we don’t have 30 weeks at all. So when I came across the snowflake pattern in the Texture Chic Designer Series Paper pack, I knew what I had to do.
SEASONAL TEXTURE CHIC
I have to say I was very surprised to find the snowflake pattern in the Texture Chic pack. However when I took a closer look at the designs I discovered that actually there’s something for every season. The colour palette reminds me of how snowfall looks against the evergreen trees in my garden. So green became the defining colour for my project.
Today I started with the coordinating pieces. First I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece of the DSP and glued it to the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Then with my Paper Snips I trimmed off the excess paper using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Next I cut a 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ strip of the DSP and glued that along the bottom of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Along the top edge of the DSP I then added a 1/8″ x 5-1/4″ gold strip cut from the Brushed Metallic Cardstock pack.
Now I needed a card base and for that I chose Soft Succulent Card. Using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored the card, then folded it along the scored line. After sharpening the crease with a Bone Folder, I glued the assembled Very Vanilla layer inside the card base.
I only needed one more piece of DSP and that was for the front of the card. I started by cutting it at 3-7/8″ x 4-7/8″. Then I cut a piece of the gold Brushed Metallic Cardstock to 4″ x 5″. Next, using liquid glue I fixed the paper to the cardstock so the top and left edges lined up. That left a 1/8″ gold border on the bottom and right-hand side. To get the angle I simply held the layered piece against the card base and twisted it until I liked the effect. Then holding tight I flipped everything over and using the edges of the card base as a guide, drew a line to show me where to cut the layers. Once cut, I set everything aside for a minute.
Before adding the angled layers to the card I decided that I should prepare my sentiment. For this I chose “Merry Christmas” from the Christmas To Remember Stamp Set.
First, using VersaMark ink I stamped the sentiment onto some Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then I sprinkled the sticky ink with gold powder from the Metallics Embossing Powders pack. After tapping off the excess, I removed a few stray specks then melted the rest using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
Next I chose the long die from the Seasonal Labels Dies and cut out the sentiment. While I was at my Mini Cut & Emboss Machine I also cut out two extra pieces from the Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then using liquid glue I layered the three die-cut pieces on top of each other.
For some sparkle I chose Rhinestone Basic Jewels and added three to the sentiment piece. Then I attached the sentiment to the angled layers with Stampin’ Dimensionals. With the sentiment in place I could then see where to add a couple more rhinestones on the background layer. Finally, using more Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached the layers to the card base and my project was complete.
Well I certainly didn’t plan on starting my Christmas crafting in June, but I suppose it makes sense if I’m to avoid that last minute panic. I wonder when you start your Christmas projects? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.